Gian Maria Volontè in The Mattei Affair (1972)
Gian Maria Volontè in The Mattei Affair (1972)
The Mattei Affair (1972)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Mattei Affair

Francesco Rosi | Italy | 1972 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 15 Feb 2023

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and co-written by Tonino Guerra and Francesco Rosi, this mix of documentary and fiction reconstructs the life of oil executive Enrico Mattei (Gian Maria Volonté), one of the most powerful men in postwar Italy, while exploring the circumstances surrounding his mysterious death in a 1962 plane crash. Documentary footage of the director looking for the investigative journalist Mauro De Mauro, who went missing during filming, his body never found – itself one of the great mysteries of modern Italy – eerily echoes Mattei’s own unsolved case.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luce.

Format: 35mm
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Source: Cinecittà Luce
Runtime: 116 mins

Event duration

116 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Screenwriting professor Howard Rodman described Tonino Guerra’s work as “the brave and moral thread that runs through the fabric of modernist cinema” but Guerra’s preferred categorisation of his contribution was simply to claim he “added some structure”...

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Tonio Guerra in his later years - black and white

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